Title Profile & Character Information

Ten Cents a Dance

Annotation
With her mother ill, it’s up to fifteen-year-old Ruby Jacinski to support her family. But in the 1940s, the only opportunities open to a Polish-American girl from Chicago’s poor Yards is a job in one of the meat packing plants. Through a chance meeting with a local tough, Ruby lands a job as a taxi dancer and soon becomes an expert in the art of “fishing”: working her patrons for meals, cash, clothes, even jewelry. Drawn ever deeper into the world of dance halls, jazz, and the mob, Ruby gradually realizes that the only one who can save her is herself. A mesmerizing look into a little known world and era.


Characters
NameJacinski, Ruby
GendersFemale
 Female
TraitsPolish American
Polish American

GenreYoung adult fiction
Allegory
TopicsDiseases
Art
Dancing
Polish Americans
History
Work
Nightclubs
Responsibility
Conduct of life
Diseases
Art
Dancing
Polish Americans
History
Work
Nightclubs
Responsibility
Conduct of life
SettingIllinois
Illinois